The Carleton North Community Foundation has generously and consistently supported art education for all ages as well as other initiatives at the Gallery.
In Spring 2020 the CNCF provided the Gallery and the River Art Centre with $9000 to support the Visual Art Programming for 2020. This will include adult, youth and children programming delivered at the Gallery and at the River Art Centre starting in June 2020.Due to the challenges of COVID-19 all in-school and at the Gallery programming with the local schools had to be cancelled. We are looking forward to the day it resumes and in the meantime, the Gallery is preparing on-line arts education materials for in class art education. The summer children’s art camps were extremely well attended in 2020 with many camps being repeated due to popular demand. Workshops supported by CNCF over the winter of 2020/21 have been fully subscribed and we are anticipating a full summer of children’s art camps and adult workshops with guest artist instructors.
Also in 2020 CNCF has granted the Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery a grant of $1980 to offer a weekend of Arts workshops in the fall of 2020. This special weekend of workshops with artists from around New Brunswick was a great success with all workshops sold out well before the first day. The Gallery is planning to repeat this successful weekend in October 2021 with some very special textile artist instructors lined up already. Keep checking the Gallery Website, Facebook page and Newsletter for programming announcements
In 2019 the CNCF provided a $5000 start-up grant to the pARTicipate Arts & Nature Festival, providing the seed funds to offer the first of what will become an annual festival for the arts in Florenceville-Bristol. pARTicipate is a joint project between the Andrew & Laura McCain Art Gallery, Second Wind Music Centre and the Town of Florenceville-Bristol.
In 2019 the CNCF awarded the Gallery two grants, $5600 for winter and spring and $2500 for the fall for Arts Education programming in our community and local schools. With these funds the Gallery has hosted school visits, offered Art Clubs in all our local elementary and middle schools, supported our local visual artist-instructors as well as running art classes for the schools at the River Art Centre. As well adult community classes have been subsidised so that minimum enrollment can be kept to a minimum.
In 2018 with the Carleton North Community Foundation’s generous financial assistance of $7,705.00, the Gallery achieved our 2018 goals for the River Art Centre. June 2018 saw the completion of the transformation of the downstairs studio into a versatile and functional studio space that easily transforms according to need from an art classroom to a professional printshop. ALMAG used the funds to purchase tools, supplies and equipment for the studio. Equipment was also purchased for the studio to be able to safely teach wood carving.
In 2018 the CNCF supported Print Making Workshops and Summer Art Education Programming with a grant of $4,300.00. Through the CNCF’s generosity the Gallery offered art education for children, youth and adults. Opportunities for the community and professional artists alike to engage with the new Printshop at the RAC during the summer of 2018 were made possible through the hiring of a 3rd year Print making student to animate the studio and offering a series of workshops, art classes and community events during the summer.a
In 2017, the Gallery was granted $20,000 to fund our Art in Schools Program that supports all Carleton North Feeder Schools. With these funds we were able to offer: In-Class visits that support teachers by leading art lessons based on curriculum outcomes or specific mediums; Art Afternoons, where local artists are invited to lead art lessons and the entire school participates all at once; 6 week Afterschool Art Clubs in partnership with a local artist; and our annual Student Showcase Exhibition of Bath K-8 students and Carleton North High School students’ art in the Gallery. On behalf of the Gallery Board and Staff, we extend our thanks to the CNCF for their support. More information about the Foundation can be found at http://cncfdn.com/.
The Carleton North Community Foundation was launched in 2008 with a $2-million donation from The McCain Foundation as part of the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of McCain Foods. The Foundation supports a variety of eligible organizations under categories such as Arts & Culture, Education, Beautification, Economic Development, Recreation, Health & Wellness, and Environment. For more information visit the website at www.cncfdn.com